Historic Seminary Hill

Posted by Mark Washburn on Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 at 6:18pm.

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Situated high atop the hills of Alexandria, historic Seminary Hill is full of beautiful homes, tall trees and plenty of history. Found in the western portion of the city, the old neighborhood is accented by plenty of hills and plenty of green space.

This upscale, suburban neighborhood also offers large lots and some gracious homes. While some of the more historic homes still exist, others have since been torn down.

That’s why you’ll now find a mix of single-family homes, townhouses and condos for sale throughout the neighborhood. Over the years and decades, a number of home designs have been constructed in Seminary Hill, including Colonial Revivals, Ramblers, Cape Cods, mid-century contemporary designs and split-level homes.

There are also, of course, some newer custom homes to choose from, as well as newer luxury townhomes and brick garden-style condos. Home prices can vary widely too.

Neighbors, in turn, are left enjoy easy access to available greenspace, including Cameron Run Regional Park and Ben Brenman Park. There is also a local farmers market, plus you’ll find local restaurants and shops situated along Duke Street.

These days the neighborhood of Seminary Hill provides a convenient location that’s close enough to major highways and to the Metro, yet also offers its own unique attributes.

Seminary Hill gains its name from the Virginia Theological Seminary, which formally opened in the early 1800s. That’s also why you’ll find such street names in Seminary Hill as Vicar Lane and Bishop Lane.

The history also extends to the Civil War, as the Union Army once occupied the area. Fort Ward is now a park and museum with old cannons and other preserved artifacts.

The fort is considered by some to be one of the nation’s best-preserved Union forts to this day. It’s said some area residents have even unearthed things like Civil War-era buttons and munitions in their own backyards.

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